Success stories from the
MaRINET2 project

Unlocking the energy potential of our oceans

About MaRINET2

Evolving from the successful EC-funded MaRINET Infrastructures Network, MaRINET2 is working towards its vision of unlocking the energy potential of our oceans by ensuring the integration and enhancement of leading European research infrastructures specialising in research, development and testing of Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) systems.

ORE is an important source of clean energy that can generate economic growth and employment, increase energy security and boost competitiveness and technological innovation. The realisation of this potential depends on the accelerated development, deployment and grid integration of reliable, efficient technologies for harvesting ORE, which in turn requires robust testing in dedicated facilities with specialised expertise.

MaRINET2 has been proud to provide a platform for the ORE sector to develop through its five transnational access calls, training courses, e-infrastructure and virtual access service.

Here you can discover a selection of the testing projects that were made possible through MaRINET2. Each demonstrates the contribution made to advancing cutting-edge ORE technologies, and each embodies the transnational spirit of the project by bringing test centres and developers from different countries together. 

WAVE

TIDAL

WIND

CROSS-CUTTING

Short-course training programme

To deliver the project’s objective of offering high-quality training, a series of ten short-courses were held from June 2018 until September 2021.

The free-of-charge courses ran for between two and five days, and were targeted at industry and academic researchers in the ORE sector. Courses were organised and given by MaRINET2 project partners, and focused on three main technology areas: wave energy, tidal energy and offshore wind.The short-courses will cover a wide range of topics strongly grounded on the consortium’s expertise in the scope of MaRINET2 infrastructures.

To deliver the project’s objective of offering high-quality training, a series of ten short-courses were held from June 2018 until September 2021.

The free-of-charge courses ran for between two and five days, and were targeted at industry and academic researchers in the ORE sector. Courses were organised and given by MaRINET2 project partners, and focused on three main technology areas: wave energy, tidal energy and offshore wind.

A total of 1,200 participants from 65 countries attended the trainings. The topics covered included, integrated tank testing, hydrodynamics of fixed and floating offshore wind turbine foundations, reliability and risk analysis of ORE technologies as well as test and verification processes from tanks to the sea.

The first seven courses were held at different facilities belonging to the MaRINET2 partners, with hands-on training offered to around 20 people per course. The final three courses were held online, due to travel restrictions in place at the time. While it wasn’t possible to offer the hands-on aspect of the training, these webinars reached a wider audience from all over the world.

    Virtual access service

    The MaRINET2 Virtual Access programme (VA) aimed to provide developers of ORE technologies free-of-charge access to relevant and useful resources. Three different services were made available to developers conducting research in the fields of wind and wave energy.

    Ifremer’s HOMERE wave hindcast database provided a relevant dataset for wave resource characterisation and engineering studies related to the design of marine structures, including offshore energy converters.  

    CENER’s  Windbench platform is a repository for the verification and validation (V&V) of wind farm models. An overarching goal of the platform is to share common V&V procedures across wind energy disciplines to improve interdisciplinary research for the development of models of different fidelity levels.

    NTNU’s Skipheïa met station contains two 100-metre met masts providing data collected by ultrasonic anemometers. Access to its extensive database of wind conditions measured over a period of 6+ years was offered as part of MaRINET2.

    E-infrastructure

    The MaRINET2 project team created and implemented its own e-infrastructure to preserve and share the data generated by the project activities. A Virtual Research Environment (VRE) was set up, allowing information and research results to be easily shared by teams which spanned institutions and countries.

    The VRE brought together datasets from MaRINET2’s ‘round-robin’ activities, environmental monitoring and modelling, and transnational testing programmes. This enabled the project team to broadcast MaRINET2 data towards e-infrastructures such as SeaDataCloud, ENVRI, DIAS and EOSC, facilitating trans-disciplinary work.

    This activity was underpinned by a data preservation policy that is compliant with international standards (Research Data Alliance) and European standards for marine data (SeaDataNet). A new ‘node’ was created for the project to share its in-situ environmental monitoring data on SeaDataNet, and OntoStack was employed to ensure the project used standardised terminologies in its datasets.

    The project also outlined several data and metadata use cases in order to demonstrate the use of the MaRINET2 e-Infrastructure and its components in practice.